BREAKING: Boko Haram Releases 3 Maiduguri University Lecturers
Three lecturers of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) abducted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Magumeri, Borno State, have regained freedom.
They were freed after negotiations with the Boko Haram members.
After a meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Department of State Services (DSS) on Saturday, a spokesman for the President, Mr Garba Shehu, announced their freedom on his Twitter page.
Operatives of the DSS had met with President Buhari to brief him on the release of the lecturers which occurred after negotiations.
Mr Shehu said 10 women kidnapped in a raid by the militant group on a military and police convoy on Damboa Road, near Maiduguri were also released.
"Their release followed series of negotiations as directed by President Buhari and which were facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC," Mr Shehu wrote.
A video of the abducted lecturers and some other oil workers that were on their way to a site Nigeria was exploring for oil was released by Boko Haram in July last year.
Since then, the men have been in their custody.
Channels Television reported that in the video it received, "2 of the men said they were lecturers in the Geology Department of the University and gave their names as Yusuf Ibrahim and Dr Solomon N. Yusuf".
The terms and conditions of the negotiation and their release have not been made public.
For over eight years the dissident group has pushed for an Islamic State and an end to Western education in the northeast region of Nigeria.
Efforts are on to bring an end to their activities and reconstruct the devastated region with over 1.5 million displaced persons.
Read one of the tweets.